It’s 7-7-2011 which means it is Bungie Day. A day to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the studio which brough us Pathways into Darkness, Marathon, and of course the Halo series. Today they celebrate their Birthday and in honor of it they are inviting players to come into the Halo: Reach matchmaking lobbies to try and beat them. If you’re successful besting them by at least 20 kills then you my friend, will score some delicious steaks, yes that’s right actual steaks.
Today also marks the day they open up the blue flames armor effect, which before today was only available to Bungie employees. As a special token of appreciation for charity, players are also invited to buy a 20th Anniversary Charity T-Shirt from Bungie. It’ll only set you back a measly 80 Microsoft Points, about a US dollar. A few days ago they also revealed Bungie Aerospace by releasing a statement:
Statement is below:
Creators of Halo Establish Bungie Aerospace
Bellevue, WA (PR Web) June 30, 2011 – Today Bungie launched the first phase of a new venture, Bungie Aerospace, created to help independent developers create brilliant mobile and social games. Bungie Aerospace will give studios the creative freedom and the resources they need, like access to the Bungie.net platform and an audience with the incredible Bungie community, to launch their entertainment experiences into orbit.
“Bungie has always been passionate about making and playing great games, regardless of platform,” said Pete Parsons, Bungie COO. “Bungie Aerospace will allow us to explore game creation in multiple formats with some amazingly talented teams. Now that we’ve returned to our roots as an independent studio, we are in a position to launch Bungie Aerospace to support, foster, and elevate like-minded, independent developers.”
Bungie Aerospace’s first official partnership is with Seattle-based developer Harebrained Schemes, helmed by Jordan Weisman, the creative mind behind Halo 2’s “I Love Bees” Alternate Reality Game, FASA Interactive, Wizkids, the MechWarrior and Shadowrun universes, and dozens of other creations and companies. The studio’s first mobile gaming title, “Crimson,” is set to launch this summer on iOS and Android devices.
More details about Harebrained Schemes’ first mobile title developed under the Bungie Aerospace banner will be available in the weeks to come.
For full details on Bungie Day and Bungie Aerospace check out Bungie.net